Car Insurance Policy Booklet - Hastings Direct
Car Insurance Policy Booklet - Hastings Direct
Your Premier Car Insurance Policy Booklet
Our policy gives you 5 star protection Hastings Direct and Premier Car insurance policies have been awarded a 5 Star Rating from Defaqto, the independent financial research company. This is great news for our customers and us as it supports our goals of delivering great straightforward service to our customers, as well as being the lowest cost provider of quality general insurance. Most of all it means we can be confident that our motor insurance products are not only a great price, but are some of the most comprehensive policies on the market.
What is a Defaqto Star Rating?
Defaqto are an independent financial research company who specialise in collecting, researching and sharing financial product information. Since 1994 they have built a comprehensive, whole of market, financial product information database and become one of the leading providers of financial product information in the UK. Defaqto Star Ratings are a simple, reliable way to identify at a glance the overall level of features or benefits within an insurance policy - whether a customer needs a simple policy, one with lots of features and benefits or something in between.
Find out more at www.defaqto.com/star-ratings PERSONAL LINES BROKER OFTHEYEAR 2013 Insurance Times Awards, Personal Lines Broker of the Year 2013 and 2014 Car Insurance Provider of the Year, Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 2013 and 2014 UK Broker Awards, Personal Lines Broker of the Year 2014 British Insurance Awards, Personal Lines Broker of the Year
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 1 Things you need to know Claims service 2 Information about your contracts for insurance 4 Caring for our customers 5 Travelling abroad? 6 Consumer Insurance 6 (Disclosure and Representation) Act 2012 Keeping your policy up to date 7 Hastings Direct’s terms and conditions Whose products do we offer? 9 Who regulates us? 9 Ownership and close links 9 What is the insurance intermediary 10 service we provide you with? What you have to pay for our services 10 Client money and instalments 12 Introducer arrangements 12 Renewing your policy 13 Automatic renewal 13 After renewal 14 Data protection notice 14 When do we collect personal data? 15 How we will use your data? 15 Credit checks 17 Compliance with legal obligations 18 and responsibilities How your data will be processed 19 Can I see the personal information you 20 hold about me?
Motor insurance policy Your policy summary (Key Facts) 22 Information about your policy documents 27 Contract of insurance 27 Guide to cover 28 Meaning of words 29 Policy cover 1. Damage to your car 30 (except that caused by fire or theft) 2. Damage or loss by fire or theft 34 3. Liability to third parties 37 4. Personal accident 39 5. Territorial limits and using 40 your car abroad 6. Medical expenses 41 7. Personal belongings 41 8. Glass damage 42 9. No-claim discount 42 10. Child seat cover 43 11. Overnight accommodation or 43 onward transport following a claim General exceptions 44 General conditions 46 Cancellation 49 Endorsements 51 Important guidelines when 54 travelling abroad Your motor legal expenses and breakdown cover policy wording Motor Legal Expenses 58 Hastings Direct Motor Breakdown 73 Useful information Useful information and frequently 97 asked questions Contents
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 2 Claims service We hope that you are never unfortunate enough to have an accident or loss, however we also know that these things happen and that the true value of your car insurance lies in the service you receive at this difficult time. You should notify us of any accident or loss within 24 hours of the occurrence. By notifying us as soon as possible, your insurer can settle your claim quicker, and if your car is repairable, arrange for one of their nominated repairers to be notified as soon as possible. Furthermore quickly notifying us of the incident means that the details are fresh in your mind and can help your insurer lessen the cost involved in dealing with your claim, helping them to keep their prices as low as possible.
What to do If you have an accident — remember STOP: Stop at the scene of the accident, never admit blame or offer to pay for damage, and tell us if anyone else does. Telephone us on 0844 561 1417, even if you do not want to make a claim. Obtain the name, address, telephone number and vehicle registration of the other drivers and give yours in return. Try and get details of any witnesses. Police. Call the Police if there has been an injury or if any driver does not stop at the scene or give their details.
If you become aware of any insurance related incident, you must tell us, even if you don’t want to make a claim.
Need to make a claim? Simply call our friendly team on: 0844 561 1417 If you need to report an incident from outside of the UK, please call us on: 00 44 1424 738 585 S T O P Remember to save this number in your mobile phone (if you have one) so you will have it available if an incident occurs. Our claims helpline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is a first response service with operators who can confirm whether your policy covers you for the incident. When you call us, we will ask you some questions about the circumstances of the incident, we will then transfer you to your insurer’s claims department who will take the next steps.
If the only damage is to the windscreen or windows in your car, please call the glassline shown on your certificate of motor insurance and on your schedule. This line is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 3 Repair Service for an accident when using your insurer’s nominated repairer: Remember that by using your insurer’s nominated repairer, you will benefit from a number of things, including a guarantee for your repairs, and authorisation and payment direct to the repairer. All you need to do is pay your excess. You are of course permitted to use your own repairer, however you will not be entitled to the benefits shown in the table below and will need to submit repair estimates to your insurer for authorisation, which may delay the progress of your claim.
Repairs If the damage to your car is covered under your policy and can be repaired, then your insurer will arrange for one of its nominated repairers to contact you. Authorisation You do not need to get any estimates and your repairs can begin as soon as your insurer has authorised them. Delivery When the work is complete, the repairer will contact you to arrange a convenient time to deliver your car back to you. Payment Your insurer will pay the bill. All you need to do is pay any policy excess to the repairer before the car is delivered back to you.If your car is a total loss (a write off), your insurer will ask you to send in your original documents (for example V5C and MOT certificate). Remember to clear your car of personal belongings and your tax disc before it is collected. Points you need to know about the courtesy car service:
- The service is only available for the duration of your repairs, if you use one of your insurer’s nominated repairers for repairs to your car following damage covered under Sections 1 and 2 of your policy.
- A courtesy car is not available if your car is stolen or is considered to be a total loss
- The courtesy car will usually be a Group A vehicle, such as a Ford Ka. What number to call in the event of a claim for Legal Expenses or for Breakdown: Claims for Motor Legal Expenses: Accident related claims: 0844 800 4585 Motor Prosecution Defence: 0844 770 1051 Claims for Breakdown cover within the UK: 0844 8793048 within Europe: 00 44 1737 815 876
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 4 Information about your contracts of insurance You will enter into two separate contracts when you take out an insurance policy through us.
The first contract is with us for arranging and administering your insurance policy, on your behalf, and we shall charge you arrangement and administration fees for providing our services. Our terms and conditions are set out in this document. The second contract is with the insurer noted on your certificate of motor insurance and your policy schedule, for providing your insurance and they shall charge you a separate premium inclusive of insurance premium tax. Their terms and conditions are set out in this document (pages 22–end) and your statement of insurance, certificate of motor insurance and schedule.
The new business arrangement and administration fees and insurer premium will form the cost of the insurance. The amounts paid in respect of the cover you hold are found in your statement of price.
- If you make any changes to your policy, additional costs may be incurred. Please note that when we are arranging your insurance or making any adjustments to it, we are acting on your behalf as your agent. When dealing with claims for Advantage Insurance Company Limited we are acting as the agent for the insurer. All other claims will be dealt with by the insurer concerned. If you are unhappy or concerned with this arrangement or wish to have more information please contact us. Points you need to know about the courtesy car service (continued)
- The courtesy car will be automatically insured by this policy, subject to underwriting terms and conditions, at no additional cost, and normal policy terms will apply.
- You will be responsible for the courtesy car, including any fines for parking, motor offences and fixed penalties and any congestion or toll charges incurred. The courtesy car service is provided by the insurer’s nominated repairer. You can find out who your insurer is by looking at your statement of insurance, your schedule or your certificate of motor insurance.
Remember, if you have purchased substitute vehicle cover as an optional additional product, you will be able to make a claim for a hire car in the event of your car being declared a total loss following an accident that was your fault, fire or attempted theft. Your statement of price will show if you have purchased this cover, and full details of the policy can be found in your optional additional products booklet.
- 0800 035 4801 or 0333 321 9801 (from mobile or non BT Lines). (Customer Service Helpline)
- Customer Relations Department, Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington Avenue, Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW If you make a complaint and it cannot be resolved immediately or by the end of the next working day, we will send you a written acknowledgement, typically within five working days. This acknowledgement letter will let you know who is dealing with your concerns. We will endeavour to resolve the matter as soon as possible. We will fully investigate your complaint using all the information available to us, and our customer relations department will make every effort to address your concerns.
To ensure we deal with your complaint fully our investigations can sometimes take a little longer. If they do, we will provide you with a final response usually within four weeks or explain our position and provide timescales for responding. If our investigations take longer than four weeks we will keep you fully informed of the position until we are able to provide you with a final response. Should we fail to offer you a final response within eight weeks of the initial date of your complaint, or if you are not satisfied with our response, you may refer the dispute to the Financial Ombudsman within six months of receiving our final response letter.
Their address is: Financial Ombudsman Service, Exchange Tower, Harbour Exchange Square, London, E14 9SR Tel: 0800 023 4567 or 0300 123 9 123 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org If your insurance is at Lloyd’s, then in the event that you remain dissatisfied and wish to make a complaint, you can do so at any time by referring the matter to the Policyholder and Market Assistance team at Lloyd’s. Their address is: Policyholder & Market Assistance, Market Services, Lloyd’s, One Lime Street, London EC3M 7HA. Tel No: 020 7327 5693 Fax No: 020 7327 5225 E-mail: email@example.com Details of Lloyd’s complaints procedures are set out in a leaflet “Your Complaint—How We Can Help” available at www.lloyds.com/complaints and are also available from the above address.
Nothing in this process will affect your rights of law.
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 6 Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) We and your insurer are covered by the FSCS. You may be entitled to compensation from the scheme in the unlikely event we/your insurer cannot meet our obligations to you. This depends on the type of insurance, size of the business and the circumstance of the claim. Further information about the compensation scheme arrangements is available from FSCS (www.fscs.org.uk). Travelling abroad? Your current policy cover is automatically extended to include travel in the EU and the countries listed in section 5 for up to 90 days per trip.
If you intend to travel for more than 90 days per trip or visit countries not listed in section 5, your policy cover may be extended for the trip or for these countries. Please call our customer service department on 0800 035 4801 or 0333 321 9801 (from mobile or non BT Lines). at least 7 days before the date of your departure. You may have to pay an additional premium for this. Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representation) Act 2012 Under the Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representation) Act 2012, you have a duty to take reasonable care to answer all questions as fully and as accurately as possible.
If you volunteer information which is over and above that requested, you must do so honestly and carefully.
You should check your statement of insurance to ensure that all facts given are correct. It is an offence to make any false statement or withhold any information for the purpose of obtaining a certificate of motor insurance. Failure to answer all questions fully and accurately could invalidate your insurance cover and could result in all or part of a claim not being paid.
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 7 Keeping your policy up to date The terms of your policy and premium are based on the information you have given us. If any of this information changes you should tell us by calling our customer service department.
Below are some examples of what you should tell us. Please note these lists are not exhaustive and you should contact us if you are unsure about whether you need to inform us of a change. Any changes to your policy will be subject to your insurer’s agreement and may not be acceptable, therefore please contact us for guidance on changes you wish to make. If a change to your policy is acceptable it may result in revised terms and/or a change in the premium. Any changes to your policy will also be subjected to our administration fee, please see page 11 for details.Please tell us immediately if:
- You or any insured drivers are involved in an accident, no matter how trivial and regardless of blame; or
- You change your address or you or any insured drivers change occupations; or
- Your or any insured driver’s driving licence is revoked either temporarily or permanently, or the status of the driving licence has changed, e.g. if you or any insured driver has passed their driving test. Please tell us about the following beforehand:
- If you intend to change your car.
- If you intend to change what you use your vehicle for.
- If you want to include other drivers.
- If you intend to alter your car from the manufacturer's standard specification. Alterations include optional extras and any changes to bodywork; these include but are not limited to: - Changes to the bodywork, such as spoilers or body kits. - Changes to suspension or brakes.
Cosmetic changes such as alloy wheels. - Changes affecting performance such as changes to the engine management system or exhaust system. - Changes to the audio/entertainment system. Please be aware that this is not a full list of all possible changes. All changes made from the manufacturer’s standard specification must be disclosed. This policy does not cover any non standard parts (modifications). Manufacturer’s optional extras are only covered if they have been declared and your insurer has agreed to arrange cover for them.
If you make a claim for loss or damage to your car, your insurer will only pay the cost of replacing parts needed for your car to meet the manufacturer’s standard specification.
Failure to notify us of a modification may result in your policy being cancelled or treated as if it never existed, or in your claim being rejected or not fully paid.
- Any information listed on the previous page, that should be advised immediately or beforehand.
- Any accidents, claims, losses or damages to any vehicle, whether or not a claim was made and regardless of blame. This includes all types of claims, damages or accidents such as fire, theft or glass damage (windscreen or window).
- Any prosecutions or motoring convictions that you or any insured drivers have received during the year, or any pending prosecutions, motoring convictions or fixed penalty notices or licence endorsements.
- Any medical or physical condition or disability, for you or any insured drivers, that is notifiable to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)/Driver & Vehicle Agency Northern Ireland (DVANI) which has not been notified to and accepted by the DVLA/DVANI.
- Any non-motoring convictions for all drivers that are not considered spent. A spent conviction is one which, under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, can be effectively ignored after a specified amount of time. If however you have received a prison sentence of more than four years, your conviction will never become spent. Failure to notify any required changes and to take reasonable care to ensure that any information supplied is provided honestly, fully and correctly may result in your policy being cancelled or treated as if it never existed, or in your claim being rejected or not fully paid. Renewal terms will be offered based on the information you provided as shown on the statement of renewal. Please check the accuracy of this information and if any details are incorrect you should tell us by calling our renewals team on 0800 035 4801 or 0333 321 9801 (from mobile or non BT Lines).
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 9 Hastings Direct’s terms and conditions Whose products do we offer? We can arrange the following products on your behalf with a range of insurers. If you would like a list of the insurers we deal with please ask. For each optional additional product we only use a single provider, details of which are provided in our optional additional products policy wording. Who regulates us? Hastings Insurance Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Our FCA registered number is 311492. You can check our registration on the FCA’s register by visiting their website www.fca.org.uk/register/ or by contacting the FCA on 0800 111 6768.
Our permitted business is arranging, dealing as agent and assisting in the administration of non - investment insurance contracts. Ownerships and close links Hastings Insurance Services Limited is wholly owned by Hastings (UK) Limited (registered in England and Wales number 06769523) which, in turn, is wholly owned by Hastings (Holdings) Limited (registered in England and Wales number 07162484) which, in turn, is wholly owned by Hastings Insurance Group Limited (registered in Jersey number 108490) (“HIG”) which, in turn, is ultimately owned, through a succession of Jersey registered companies by Hastings Insurance Group (Holdings) PLC (registered in Jersey number 113859) being the parent group company.
If we have arranged your insurance with Advantage Insurance Company Limited, which is wholly owned by Advantage Global Holdings Limited (“AGH”), we should inform you that AGH is also wholly owned by HIG, which, in turn is ultimately owned, through a succession of Jersey registered companies by Hastings Insurance Group (Holdings) PLC (registered in Jersey number 113859) being the parent group company.
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 10 What is the insurance intermediary service we provide you with? We will provide you with sufficient information to enable you to make an informed decision on your purchase.
As we will not make any recommendation please consider all information carefully to ensure the product(s) meet your requirements before you decide to proceed. Our service includes arranging your insurance cover on your behalf with insurers to meet your requirements, and helping you with any ongoing changes you have to make, such as amendments to the cover, use and property insured. We will also arrange the cancellation of your policy and arrange cover with an alternative insurer if your requirement to amend your policy is not acceptable to your original insurers. Additionally we will arrange optional additional covers such as legal protection and breakdown where these meet your needs.
We will also arrange the renewal of your insurance. On behalf of your insurer, we will accept your first notification of an incident or claim, after which the details will be passed to your insurer.
What you have to pay for our services We make charges for administering your insurance, these are listed on the table overleaf. Your insurer may charge a premium for any changes you make to your policy and will charge a premium for the time you have been on cover should you decide to cancel your policy. These premiums will be in addition to our fees, which are for our services only.
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 11 Service Fee Policy arrangement & administration Arranging your new policy £20.00 Call centre arrangement (in addition to the £20.00 arranging your new policy fee) £12.50 Arranging your policy at renewal £20.00 Postal delivery of documents £5.00 Amendments to your policy made by you All other amendments not listed below £25.00 Change of registration number £20.00 Add/amend an accident or convictions £0 Amend vehicle security £0 Amend day time/overnight parking £0 Amend mileage £0 Amend occupation £0 Amend name/marital status £0 Correct an error by one of our advisers £0 Amendment to your policy made by our business administration team £25.00 As part of our new business process our business administration team will check your information and may have to make amendments to your policy to correct the information we hold.
Any amendments made as a result of these checks will result in payment of our administration fee. *Cancellation - for full details of your right to cancel please see pages 49–50 Cancellation (if you take up alternative cover from Hastings Direct) £0 Cancellation (within 14 days) £25.00 Cancellation (after 14 days) £45.00 Duplicate documentation Sent via e-mail or fax £0 Resent by post due to not being received within 6 weeks of the start of the policy £0 Sent via post £5.00 Failed payments Cheque/Direct debit £20.00 Method of payment charge Payments by debit card 0% Payments by credit card 1.25% Administration fee for third party referral following a failed payment £25 If we give a discount on our fees and/or the insurer's premium at the inception of your policy, and the policy is subsequently cancelled we shall be entitled to reduce the amount of any refund to enable us to reclaim the unused portion of the discount.
Each fee is non-refundable and is payable at the time of the transaction to which it relates
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 12 Client money and instalments All money received by us in respect of insurance premiums is held on behalf of the relevant insurer so that you have no risk in the unlikely event of our bankruptcy. The total price of your insurance is shown in your documents including insurance premium tax where applicable. For legal purposes, we are required to inform you of the possibility that other taxes or costs may exist that are not paid through or imposed by us, however, we are not aware of the existence of any other taxes or costs currently payable.
When dealing with any amendments or alterations to your policy, we will not collect or refund any amounts under £1. Please note that any interest earned by us and any investment returns on any segregated designated investments will be retained by us.
We use a third party to collect and store card details in accordance with industry standards. We will use the card details stored on our behalf to collect payment for mid-term changes, defaulted instalments including the associated fee, balances following cancellation and for the renewal of your policy. We will inform you in advance of doing so. In the event of you receiving an overpayment, we will attempt to recover our funds using the debit/credit card stored on our behalf. If payment is initially made by debit/credit card any refund will be made to the same card in accordance with the terms and conditions of the card issuer.
All other refunds will be made by cheque. We are unable to give cash refunds.
If you pay using our Direct Debit facility for any adjustments to your premium over the term of your loan, we have the right to ask for part or full payment of any additional amount. Any return of premium will be used to reduce your loan amount. If you fail to pay us any money you owe to us on the date due and we instruct a third party to collect this amount, you agree to pay our administration fee of £25. If you do not pay for your insurance, you must show these details to the person who paid on your behalf.
Introducer arrangements A third party may have introduced you to us and for this the introducer may be paid a fee by us.
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 13 Renewing your policy At least 24 days before your policy end date we’ll send you a notice of renewal letting you know that your policy is due to expire. In most cases, this notice will include an offer to renew for another year. To help you make an informed decision, any offer made will include key facts about your policy, any changes to the policy terms and an offer price. In a small number of cases, your insurer may not make you an offer to renew your policy. If this happens, we will search our panel of insurers to try and find an alternative insurer for you.
If we’re able to find an alternative insurer, we’ll include their offer in your notice of renewal. Likewise, we’ll tell you if we’re unable to find you an insurer. If you’re intending to accept a renewal offer, you must take reasonable care to ensure that your information contained in the policy is correct. This includes, but is not limited to, informing us of any accidents, whether or not a claim was made, or any prosecutions or motoring convictions. Failure to notify us of any required changes may result in your policy being cancelled or treated as if it never existed, or in your claim being rejected or not fully paid.
If anything is not correct, or you need to inform us of any changes to your policy, please contact our customer services team on 0800 035 4801 or 0333 321 9801 (from mobile or non BT Lines). Each renewal of the policy represents a new contract of insurance. You will enter into a new contract of insurance with your insurer commencing on the cover start date shown on your renewal schedule.
Automatic renewal We automatically renew most policies. This means that, unless you tell us otherwise, your new insurance cover will start on your renewal date. If we intend to automatically renew your policy we’ll tell you on your notice of renewal. In a small number of cases, we won’t automatically renew your policy. We’ll tell you on your notice of renewal if this is the case. Some of the reasons why we may not automatically renew your policy include: 1) You have previously told us you don't want to automatically renew your policy. 2) Our panel of insurers won’t insure you for another year.
3) You’ve an outstanding debt on your current policy. If you don't want to renew your policy, or wish to opt out of the automatic renewal process, please let us know before your renewal date. You can contact our customer services team on 0800 035 4801 or 0333 321 9801 (from mobile or non BT Lines).
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 14 After renewal You have a right to cancel your policy at any time. For full details of your right to cancel please see pages 49-50. If you pay for your policy by instalments, we’ll continue to collect your premium on a monthly basis, using the same accounts details you gave to us the previous policy year. If you pay for your policy by credit/debit card, we’ll collect the renewal premium on the renewal date from the last card details you gave us.
Data protection notice Please take a few minutes to read this section carefully as it contains important information relating to the details that you will give or have given us.
You should show this Data Protection Notice to anyone covered or proposed to be covered under this policy. This notice explains how we may use the details you provide us with. Hastings Insurance Services Limited and the insurer named on your schedule of insurance act as joint data controllers for the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to the personal data you supply. Information you provide about yourself and others will be used by us and your insurer to process your request in accordance with the Data Protection Act and other applicable laws. In order to assess the terms of the insurance contract or administer claims that arise, we or the insurer may need to collect data that the Data Protection Act defines as sensitive (such as medical conditions or criminal convictions).
By proceeding to provide any sensitive information about a third party (e.g. an additional driver), you must obtain their prior agreement to this and we will proceed on the basis that you have done so. We will pass your information to other organisations (e.g. service providers) to enable them to provide the services you have requested, and they in turn may pass your information to their agent(s) in order to deliver the service or carry out relevant investigations.
Occasionally, insurers/organisations may transmit or store your data outside the European Economic Area (EEA) in countries that do not have the same standards of protection for personal data as the UK.
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 15 When do we collect personal data? We collect personal information directly from you when you register for any online service with us or deal with us over the telephone, such as a request for a quote, the purchase of an insurance policy through us or the provision of policy administration or claims handling services.
We limit the collection of personal information to what we need to know to maintain the accuracy of our records, and assess the financial standing of customers, to assist us in providing a high standard of service, and to fulfil any legal and regulatory requirements. We will do our best to ensure that your details are accurate and kept up-to-date and we would ask you to assist us in doing so by notifying us of any changes to your personal information. All personal information provided by you is held securely and in confidence by us in our computerised and other records. When we process your personal information we do so in compliance with the terms of Act.
We maintain strict security standards and procedures with a view to preventing unauthorised access to your data. We use leading technologies, such as data encryption, fire walls and server authentication to protect the security of your data. All our staff and all third parties we may hire from time to time to provide support services are required to observe our privacy standards.How we will use your data This notice explains how we may use the details you provide us with. The data you provide will be used by us and shared with other insurers and associated supplier as well as certain statutory and other authorised bodies for: Insurance underwriting purposes—i.e. to examine the potential risk in relation to your (and/or a third party’s) prospective policy so that we can:
- Help your insurer to consider whether to accept the relevant risk;
- Make decisions about the provision and administration of insurance and related services for you [and members of your household].
- Validate your (or any person or property likely to be involved in the policy or claim) claims history (at any time, including upon application for insurance, in the event of an accident or a claim, or at a time of renewal).
- Provide your (or any person included on the proposal) Driving Licence Number (“DLN”) to the DVLA to confirm your (or the relevant person included on the proposal) licence status, entitlement and relevant restriction information and endorsement/conviction data. Searches may be carried out prior to the date of the insurance policy and at any point throughout the duration of your insurance policy including at the mid-term adjustment and renewal stage. A search of the DLN with the DVLA should not show a footprint against your (or another relevant person included on the proposal) driving licence.
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- Searching your (or any person included on the proposal) 'no-claim discount’ (“NCD”) details against a NCD database to obtain information in relation to your NCD entitlement. Such searches may be carried out against your (or the relevant person included on the proposal) DLN, name, date of birth, Vehicle Registration Mark (“VRM”) and/or postcode. A search of the DLN against the NCD database should not show a footprint against your (or another relevant person included on the proposal) driving licence.
- Searches may be carried out at point of quote and if an insurance policy is incepted at the renewal stage.
- In relation to our online quotation service, to provide you with one or more online quotations on behalf of one or more insurers.
- In relation to our online cover service, to consider your application for, and facilitate your purchase of, an insurance policy through us.
- To provide you with other services, including managing and administering the insurance policies you take out through us, and providing assistance with your claims and enquiries.
- For the purposes of insurance administration by us or our agents, by our re-insurers and your intermediary (if you have one) and may be disclosed to regulatory bodies for the purposes of monitoring and/or enforcing our compliance with any regulatory requirements
- To offer you the opportunity to renew a policy or purchase a replacement policy.
- To update our records about you.
- To improve the quality of our service and the efficiency of our website and systems.
- If prior consent has been received, we may market you with other products which we believe may be of interest to you. Management information purposes—i.e. to analyse insurance and other markets for the purposes of:
- Portfolio assessment.
- Risk assessment.
- Performance reporting.
- Management reporting.
- Conducting research and statistical analysis to facilitate our internal customer service monitoring.
- Sharing information about you with other organisations e.g. insurers, law enforcement agencies and public bodies including the police. These organisations may access and use this information for the detection investigation of or prevention of crime.
- The insurer and other organisations may also access and use this information to prevent fraud and money laundering, for example, when:
- Checking details on applications for credit and credit related or other facilities.
- Managing credit and credit related accounts or facilities.
- Recovering debt.
- Checking details on proposals and claims for all types of insurance.
- Tracing debtors or beneficiaries, recovering debt, managing your accounts and or insurance policies.
- Undertaking fraud searches. Insurers pass information to the Claims Underwriting and Exchange Register and where appropriate the Motor Insurance Anti-Fraud and Theft Register administered by Insurance Database Services Limited (“IDSL”). This helps insurers check information and prevent fraudulent claims. When we deal with your request for insurance we may search these registers.
Undertaking searches against your (or any person included on the proposal) DLN against details held by the DVLA to confirm your licence status, entitlement and restriction information and endorsement/conviction data.
This helps insurers check information to prevent fraud and reduce incidences of negligent misrepresentation and non-disclosure. A search of the DLN with the DVLA should not show a footprint against your (or another relevant person included on the proposal) driving licence. Credit checks Making searches to credit reference agencies, including checking voters roll information. We and/or your insurer may pass information about you to credit reference agencies, where it is necessary to carry out a credit check search on you before we and/or your insurer provide you with any services (including quotations and prior to offering a renewal).
We may also ask credit reference agencies to provide a credit score computation. You should be aware that the results of these searches will be recorded by credit reference agencies and that we and/or your insurer and other organisations may use those records in order to help make credit decisions about you, people financially linked to you and others in your household. Often insurance and other financial services providers will only request a credit check once you have decided on a particular supplier.
Every application you submit for a loan or credit card, however, may affect your credit score so you may wish to keep applications to a minimum to protect your credit rating.
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- Searching your (or any person included on the proposal) ‘no-claim discount’ (“NCD”) details against a NCD database to obtain information in relation to your NCD. Such searches may be carried out against your (or the relevant person included on the proposal) DLN, name, date of birth, Vehicle Registration Mark (“VRM”) and/or postcode. A search of the DLN against the NCD database should not show a footprint against your (or another relevant person included on the proposal) driving licence.
- Checking your identity to prevent money laundering (unless you furnish us with satisfactory proof of identity).
The insurer and other organisations may access and use from other countries the information recorded by fraud prevention agencies. You should not assume we will write or make any outside enquiries and should take reasonable care to answer all questions as fully and as accurately as possible. If you volunteer information which is over and above that requested you must do so honestly and carefully. Compliance with legal obligations and responsibilities Claims management – In the event of a claim we may need to disclose information with any other party involved in that claim such as third parties involved in the incident, their insurer, solicitor or representative and medical teams, the police or other investigators.
We also may have to investigate your claims and conviction history.Motor Insurance Database—Information relating to your insurance policy will be added to the Motor Insurance Database (MID) managed by the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB). MID and the data stored on it may be used by certain statutory and/or authorised bodies including the Police, the DVLA, the DVLNI, the Insurance Fraud Bureau and other bodies permitted by law for purposes not limited to but including:
- Electronic Licensing.
- Continuous Insurance Enforcement.
- Law enforcement (prevention, detection, apprehension and or prosecution of offenders)
- The provision of government services and or other services aimed at reducing the level and incidence of uninsured driving.
- If you are involved in a road traffic accident (either in the UK, the European Economic Area or certain other territories), insurers and or the MIB may search the MID to obtain relevant information.
- Persons (including his or her appointed representatives) pursuing a claim in respect of a road traffic accident (including citizens of other countries) may also obtain relevant information which is held on the MID. It is vital that the MID holds your correct registration number. If it is incorrectly shown on the MID you are at risk of having your vehicle seized by the Police. You can check that your correct registration number details are shown on the MID at www.askmid.com.
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 19 Complaints management—If you make a complaint about the service we have provided, we may be obliged to forward details about your complaint, including your personal information, to the relevant ombudsman. How your data will be processed Information which is supplied to IDSL and MID can include details such as your name, address and date of birth together with details of any injury arising from a claim. Your data may be transferred to any country, including countries outside of the European Economic Area, for any of the purposes mentioned above.
Under the conditions of your policy, you must tell us about any incident (such as an accident or theft) which may or may not give rise to a claim. When you tell us about an incident, we will pass information relating to it to IDSL and other appropriate agencies. If false or inaccurate information is provided and fraud is identified, details will be passed to fraud protection agencies. We will pass details of your ‘no-claim discount’ to certain organisations to be recorded on a NCD database. This will occur if information requires updating or correcting at any stage, and also at the renewal stage of your policy and upon or after the cancellation of your policy prior to the expiry date.
You can ask for more information about this. If you require such information, please contact Hastings Direct. Please note that if you give us false or inaccurate information it may invalidate your insurance policy or prospective insurance policy or could affect the amount we pay to settle any claims you make under the policy.
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 20 Can I see the personal information you hold about me? You have the right to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you at any time, on written request and payment of a £10 administration fee.
Should you wish to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you, please write to the Data Protection Officer at Hastings Direct address shown below enclosing the £10 administration fee made payable to Hastings Insurance Services Limited, and we will deal with your request within the regulatory 40 day period.
If you would like us to remove any personal information from our records, then please write to our Data Protection Officer at: Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington Avenue, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW. Please be ready to quote your full name, address and if applicable your policy number when contacting us. We will make all reasonable efforts to delete your information from our files if it is deemed appropriate. You should check your statement of insurance to ensure that all facts given are correct. It is an offence under the Road Traffic Act to make a false statement or to withhold information to obtain the issue of a motor insurance certificate.
If you give us any additional information in writing you should keep a copy for your records.
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 21 Motor insurance policy
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 22 Key Facts Your policy summary This summary lists some key points but does not describe all the terms and conditions of your policy, so please take time to read the rest of this booklet to make sure you understand the cover it provides. When reviewing your policy it should be read in conjunction with your policy schedule and certificate of motor insurance. Reporting claims: To report a new claim for accident, fire or theft please call 0844 5611417 To report a new claim for accident, fire or theft from outside of the UK please call 00 44 1424 73 85 85 If the only damage is to the windscreen or windows in your car, please call the glassline shown on your certificate of motor insurance and on your schedule.
This line is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 23 The features and benefits that apply to your policy are shown below - please refer to the column that matches the level of cover you selected (details of which can be found on your statement of insurance and policy schedule). Policy features & benefits Policy cover Comprehensive Third party fire & theft Third party only Section 1 Damage to your car (except that caused by fire & theft) up to its market value. Covered Not covered Not covered Section 2 Damage or loss by fire or theft up to its market value. Covered Covered Not covered Section 3 Legal liability for damage to other people’s property up to £20m (or £25m in total, including all costs).
Third party only cover, whilst you are driving another car not hired, owned, or lent to you, where this is shown on your certificate of motor insurance. Covered Covered Covered Section 4 Personal accident, for you, spouse or civil partner, up to £5000 for death or loss of sight or limb (above the ankle or wrist). Benefit not applicable for claimants over the age of 75.
- Covered Not covered Not covered Section 5 The same level of cover applicable to this policy for up to 90 consecutive days within the countries listed. Covered Covered Covered Section 6 Medical expenses up to £500 for each injured person. Covered Not covered Not covered Section 7 Personal belongings up to £300 for personal belongings in your car, that are lost or damaged by accident or fire or theft. Covered Not covered Not covered Section 8 Damage to your car's windscreen and windows. Covered Not covered Not covered Section 10 Replacement of a child's car seat or booster seat, provided a claim for loss or damage to your car is made under sections 1 or 2 of this policy. Covered Covered Not covered Section 11 Up to £50 per person, to a maximum of £250 for one of the following in the event you are unable to continue your journey as a result of loss or damage to your car under sections 1 or 2 of this policy: Travelling expenses for occupants of the insured
- car towards reaching your destination; or One night’s hotel accommodation on the day of
- the accident or loss for the occupants of the insured car where the loss of use necessitates an unplanned overnight stop.
Covered Not covered Not covered
- Car Insurance Policy Wording Customer Service 0800 035 4801 24 Significant policy exclusions and limitations For full details please refer to sections 1 and 2 and the general exceptions section of this booklet. Sections 1 & 2 and general exceptions.
- Excludes injury, loss or damage when your car is driven by someone who is not a permitted driver.
- Cover is excluded in respect of loss of the use of your car, wear and tear, loss of value, loss by deception or repossession by the rightful owner.
- Excludes any loss or damage caused by a member of your immediate family, or a person living in your home taking your car without permission unless you report the person to the Police for taking your car without your permission and assist the Police in a prosecution.
- Loss of or damage to your car while; (a) the ignition keys have been left in or on your car or; (b) your car has been left unattended with the engine running.
- Cover may not be provided for malicious damage, theft or attempted theft if you have stated that your car will be garaged and the incident occurs when your vehicle is not garaged but is within the vicinity of your declared garaging address.
- The first £295 of a claim when your car is being driven by or in the charge of any person who is under 21, or the first £195 of a claim when your car is being driven by or in the charge of any person who is aged 21 to 24, or anyone who has not held a full UK or EU/EEC driving licence for at least one year. These amounts are in addition to the excesses shown on your schedule.
- Cover is not provided if you or any person entitled to drive on your policy is convicted of an offence involving drink or drugs, or was driving when under the influence of drink or drugs, when the accident happened.
- Loss or damage to your car caused by an inappropriate type or grade of fuel being used.